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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • First cold snap hits Dodge City

  • It started on Wednesday. The warm temperatures that had given Dodge City residents a taste of spring for a few days gave way to a gripping cold that would reach a high of just 16 degrees on Thursday and Friday. The upper ridge moved east and a strong cold front dropped south out from Canada. Two inches of snow accumulated on roads and sidewalks, blanketing all notions that an unusual warmth had just occurred.
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  • It started on Wednesday. The warm temperatures that had given Dodge City residents a taste of spring for a few days gave way to a gripping cold that would reach a high of just 16 degrees on Thursday and Friday. The upper ridge moved east and a strong cold front dropped south out from Canada. Two inches of snow accumulated on roads and sidewalks, blanketing all notions that an unusual warmth had just occurred. In response to the first cold snap of the season, Dodge City remained firmly resilient. No schools closed early, no power outages occurred, and no car accidents were reported: something unusual even when the weather is warm. The cold weather may have contributed to a number of “motorist assist” reports, but those aside, the storm passed mostly without incident. It's not unusual to get cold snaps in December. In 1972, a record low of minus six degrees was reported. But several previous milder winters make the recent chill seem exceptional. And what of the warm weather that hit Dodge on Monday and Tuesday, when temperatures reached a high one might expect to see in the spring? According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Ray Burgert, a strong westerly flow came across the Rockies that was favorable for a warm-up across eastern Colorado and western Kansas. Though the temperatures were unseasonable, Burgert said that it is not unusual for a cold front to be preceded by a period of warm temperatures. “It's not unusual at all,” he said. “Usually some of the warmer temperatures are just ahead of the cold front as it moves south.” Going forward, residents are looking at the possibility of more snow over the weekend. The big issue, however, will be low temperatures and wind chills. On Saturday night wind chills could drop to 12 to 19 below zero in several locations in western Kansas. Those who must venture outdoors are advised to dress appropriately with adequate clothing and minimal skin exposure and to take proper care of animals.
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